Swear, I think we are addicted to playing Settlers of Catan. It’s actually getting to the point that our games are really quick because we play it so much. I blame my brain’s preoccupation for the shocking lack of pictures taken over the weekend!
My weekend was very relaxing. On Saturday, I had off at Changin’ Time, but was on-call for my other job. Around 10AM, we were trying to track down the source for all kinds of noise outside and remembered that the Steel Valley Christmas Parade was lining up in front of our house for the parade that started at 12PM. Best seats in the house!
I see many different kinds of people walking in my neighborhood (and I will keep it at that!), but Civil War reenactors have got to be the most random! We took in the parade from our porch, drinking hot tea and waving to the peeps.
Christina’s 4th grade basketball team had their very first game of the seasons on Saturday afternoon in Monroeville. They don’t keep score in this jumpstart league (that starts in 5th grade), however the family on the bleachers usually know how many baskets were made. If they had been keeping score we would’ve lost but, hopefully the team got our first game jitters out and have some better luck next weekend! I spent the rest of the day under a warm blanket, crawling out to do laundry and clean the house occasionally.
The weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday, so Christina decided to err on the side of caution and cancel basketball practice. We did brave the storm on Sunday afternoon to attend a Christening party for one of Christina’s cousins. It’s always so nice to spend time catching up with family, especially with cousins who haven’t been home in a while! :) Luckily, we get to see them again next weekend at the family Christmas party before they head back to Washington state.
I feel like I spent a lot of weekend quality time with Big Booty Judy, who seems to have developed a hankering for cuddles since we lost Hallie:
It was exactly the kind of weekend that I needed: lazy and low key! I woke up this morning feeling rejuvenated! Recharged! Ready to get all of the Christmas things done! Honestly, I haven’t done a lick of Christmas shopping or decorating but I did pull out my decorations earlier and we are hoping to get a tree this week.
Questions Of The Day:
- What are your goals for the week?
- Are you ready for the holidays or not yet?
1. We finally got a chance to see We’re The Miller’s this week. It was absolutely hysterical! I will not put any spoilers here, but you should definitely watch it if you get a chance. I was worried that the previews gave away all of the funny parts, but even Hollywood promotional materials couldn’t ruin it.
2. Mother Jones came out with a pretty good article about BPA this week. After years of public outcry and evidence of toxicity, the endocrine disrupting chemical known as BPA is being banned from plastic bottle manufacturing and baby/child products. However, think tanks are forecasting the BPA industry to see even more growth over the next 6 years. Despite Americans’ increased focus and awareness of environmental/health issues, North America is the third largest regional market for BPA in the world. Wha? I just don’t understand.
3. The dates have been announced for Pittsburgh’s Winter 2014 Restaurant Week, which will run from January 13th-19th. Make sure you check out the PRW website and make a reservation somewhere you have never been! I strongly recommend checking out restaurants that support the Farm To Table or Eat Local movements – and yes, they are labeled so on the website.
4. The NY Times released a Civil Behavior piece questioning whether college applicants should address their own sexual identity it in their application essays. The author’s advice to applicants is to research the college to which they are applying for and then decide whether to address the issue based on the intended admissions department. It’s disgusting that applicants are chastised for not “digging deep enough” or “getting personal enough” when representing themselves in these essays, yet should sometimes withhold their sexual identity, which is at the very core of that identity. If you aren’t gay or aren’t yet gay, let me tell you – its a pretty big part of your personality, self-image, history, and more than likely will direct your moral compass and values. More often than not, coming out is something that you battled with yourself or your family or your friends or schoolmates or teammates or neighbors.
So, yeah. Lezbihonest, it’s not cool to ask people to omit/cover up such a huge part of their core self to simply BE WORTHY ENOUGH TO EARN AN EDUCATION from a higher institution which has promised the general public to better society. Needless to say, this article made me want to get in the car and drive to the closest conservative college and suck face with my girlfriend in the middle of the admissions office. DURING prospective student tours.
5. So. Many. Babies. None of them belong to me though – so big congratulations go out to David & Melanie, Roney & Alicia, Meg & Dennis, Ed & Di, and anyone else who popped one out over the last few weeks.
- Do you think LGBT college applicants should address their sexual identities? Only if it suits their overall topic? Avoid it completely?
- Which restaurants are you going to try this for 2014 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week?
Thankfully for you, I am posting photos from the last 2 days for you to stare at while you’re in line Black Friday shopping:
Creme de Tequila from the Floyd’s Mexican honeymoon
Kevin’s smoked turkey
clockwise from left: mashed potatoes and gravy, 7 layer salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, stuffing
Present, but out of frame: Ciara, Trina, Ryker, Charles, and Damon
Pre-dinner munchies at my mom’s
traditional spread at my mom’s house
pumpkin pie with ginger streusel